After decapping around 3K of once fired 223 brass the APP started acting finicky, the long spring would bind and the red feeder was getting ‘gritty’ . I contacted Lee to see what they recommended for maintenance. Here is their reply (I changed the employee name to LeeDude):
LeeDude @ Lee Precision
Staff – 07/27/2020 9:27 am
Keep the black slide rail clean.
Lubricate the two steel columns the upper toolhead rides on, with oil.
Lee Precision, Inc.
4275 County Road U
Hartford, WI 53027
Easy enough, here is how I did it.
Got everything I needed together and took it apart:
You can see the build up on the Black Slide Rail:
There was also build up on the top and bottom of the Molded parts riser:
I dropped them in my Harbor Freight ultra sonic cleaner using water and a cap full of purple Simple Green.
Wiped them down and lightly oiled the two steel columns and shell plate. The instructions say “STP motor oil treatment or motor oil” I used 3 in one on the steel columns and Ballistol on the shell plate.
First off Richard Beck firstname.lastname@example.org at Becks Armory is a great guy to work with. The mounts are hand crafted in America with quality materials. All mounting hardware except the wood screws was also included. The wood screws to mount the rear bracket to my bench are not included because the thickness of my bench was unknown to Richard. My mounts were packed VERY well and received quickly after shipment.
Richard also said he can create custom mounts based on the same design. I just need to send him the measurements. I might get one made for my RCBS Accessory Base Plate. That will be a separate post 🙂